SPRINGFIELD (RFD) — It was a bipartisan move far important than anything involving legislation. Newly installed Republican State Representative Mike Murphy has survived a very sudden health scare. The longtime restauranteur was attending a gathering of pipe trades union officials last week when he suddenly began choking on a roast beef slider at a Downtown Springfield Hotel. Democratic State Senator Michael Hastings of Tinley Park walked into the room and immediately spotted Murphy in distress. He was able to save Murphy by performing the Heimlich Maneuver. Hastings is no stranger to pressure situations. The Army Veteran received advance combat lifesaving training before deploying to Iraq, Iran and Syria. Murphy was happy to see Hastings in the right place at the right time.
Hastings attended West Point and played football for the Army Cadets before making his way to war zones and the Capitol.